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January 2022 Update from Councillor Rodrigo Goller
Hello Neighbour,

Happy New Year! I sincerely hope that you stayed healthy during the holidays and enjoyed some quality time with friends and family. 

Last week the City had to adopt new measures to prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 variant. You can see a full like of closures here. In case you haven't booked your third/booster vaccination dose, vaccines are now available for all adults (over 18), as well as first doses for kids aged 5 to 11. Here's the booking page: https://wdgpublichealth.inputhealth.com/ebooking#new

In this short update I'm sharing a couple of opportunities to have your say:

1. Parks Plan - Virtual Focus Groups on January 12 & 13
2. Shaping Guelph: Growth Management Strategy - Council Planning Meeting on January 17
3. Transportation Master Plan - Special Council Meeting on January 24
Parks Plan

Guelph is growing and the way we use parks is changing. The City wants to know what your priorities are for Guelph's park system, and if you'd like to see more parks in Guelph. Your feedback will inform a Park Plan to address time-sensitive legislative changes to the Parkland Dedication Bylaw. 

You can participate in one of two focus group sessions taking place this Wednesday January 12 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm and this Thursday January 13 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. If you're not able to join the focus groups, I would encourage you to answer the online survey before January 20.

Register for the focus groups here:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/park-plan-focus-group-sessions-tickets-227911889597

Answer the online survey here:
https://www.haveyoursay.guelph.ca/park-plan

Get more information on the Park Plan and how it fits into the wider Parks and Recreation Masterplan here:
https://guelph.ca/living/recreation/parks/park-planning/park-plan-and-parkland-dedication-bylaw-review/
Shaping Guelph: Growth Management Strategy

On Monday January 17th at 6:30 p.m. City staff will present a new Growth Management Strategy. After we hear from community members, City Council will choose a direction for how Guelph should grow and develop over the next 30 years. This important decision will impact the pace of growth and where we focus that growth.

City staff is recommending an approach to build up, not out. They are also recommending that City Council ask the Province for an increase in our population growth forecast to accommodate the addition of the Dolime Quarry lands (which are now part of Guelph), AND for a reduction in the minimum residential intensification target for existing built areas.

For more information on our growth strategy, please check out this press release and the staff report:
https://guelph.ca/2022/01/setting-clear-direction-for-a-made-in-guelph-growth-strategy/

You can sign up to speak to City Council on January 17 or submit written comments about your preferred growth scenario by registering online or contacting the City Clerk’s office at clerks@guelph.ca by 10 a.m. this Friday, January 14.
Transportation Master Plan

We will have a special Council meeting on January 24 at 6 p.m. where staff will present a final Transportation Master Plan, including an implementation plan with policies and programs. The agenda and documents are not yet posted, but you can keep an eye here for the agenda later this week: https://guelph.ca/agenda

Here's more information on the Transportation Master
Plan: https://guelph.ca/plans-and-strategies/transportation-master-plan/
That's it for this first update of 2022. I wanted to make sure you had your say on the Parks Plan and growth strategy. 

Thank you in advance for providing your feedback to the City - and for helping me understand what your priorities are on these issues. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,


Rodrigo
 
Rodrigo Goller 
City Councillor, Ward 2
City of Guelph
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